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School Profile


Alameda Unified School District
Kirstin Snyder, Principal
210 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501 (510)748-4023 FAX: (510)521-4956
CEEB-ACT School Code: 050015

Encinal is a 6-12 progressive public junior/senior high school located on the west end of the city of Alameda, on the San Francisco
Bay. Builtin the 1950s on approximately 17 acres of land, the facility just completed a $50 million renovation in the spring of 2021,
which includes a new building to the campus, updated science labs, and classrooms, as well as new outdoor learning spaces.
COVID CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE 20-21 SCHOOL YEAR: Due to the COVID pandemic during the 20-21 school year we
used a Flexible Learning Model. This model was in place the entire year, even though students had the option of returning to school in
March of 2021. Students took three-year-long classes each in the fall and spring terms (in addition to a homeroom period, listed as
advisory). Each fall/spring class earned 10 credits upon successful completion. In addition, if necessary, students were allowed to
take classes at our sister-high school Alameda High, and those classes are noted as such on student transcripts. Medically fragile
students, or students who live in homes with medically fragile family members, had the choice to be in a fully remote program. Their
classes were being taken via Edmentum, and their grades are posted to their transcript as each graded module is completed. Also,
during this school year, students who did not successfully complete classes earned an NM (no mark).
In August of 2021, the majority of students returned to in-person learning. Medically fragile students had the option of taking their
classes via independent study and that is noted on students’ transcripts.

Encinal has a faculty of 60 full and part-time teachers with approximately 180 students in grades 6-8, and 1100 students in grades
9-12. A full range of college preparatory classes are available along with a variety of CTE/Vocational Education courses. Students
are given the opportunity to take Honors and Advanced Placement level courses in World History, US History, American Government,
Economics, English, Pre-Calculus, Calculus (AB & BC), Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Photography, Computer
Science, Computer Science Principles, and Studio Art. We also offer a Dual Enrollment Program in BioTechnology with Laney
College (previously named Genomics). To meet the individual needs of students, Encinal offers a variety of special programs
including academic strategies classes, English Language Development, Special Education, and after-school tutoring and mentoring
programs through our Restorative Justice Center. Finally, our teachers create new courses annually to serve the interests and passions
of our students such as: Peer Counseling & Mentoring, Sports in Literature, Mental Health Matters, Get Reel: Literature Through
Your Lens, Radio Broadcasting, Digital Film, Navigating Life, and Adulting.
Explanation of Grading System: Students are graded based on their progression in meeting the standards for the
a particular area of instruction.

Letter Grade Explanation Value
A Exceeding the Standards 4
B Meeting the Standards 3
C Approaching the Standards 2
D Developing the Standards 1
F Failed to meet the Standards 0
P Passing Grade Received
NM No Mark/Insufficient Assignments Completed to Report Progress 0

Five units of credit are given for a passing grade in each subject per semester (during the 20-21 school year semesters are equal to 9
weeks of instruction, while year-long courses are equal to 18 weeks of instruction). AP & Honors courses are weighted by multiplying
each grade value by 1.25. For example, an A in an honors or AP class is equal to 5.0, and so on. We do not rank our students. We
limit AP and Honors classes to four classes per year. Encinal High School has an open enrollment policy for all honors and AP

Graduation Requirements
220 semester units in the following subject areas are required to graduate:
English 40 credits Social Science 30 credits Mathematics 20 credits
P.E. 20 credits Navigating Life/Adulting 5 credits
Additionally, 20 credits in two of the following areas is required: World Language/CTE and Visual & Performing Arts. Lastly,
students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.75, and complete 20 hours of community service (waived for the Class of
2021 and 2022, due to COVID). The State of California also requires students to pass Algebra 1 or a higher level of math (not

Student Services
Encinal supports students outside of the classroom by providing five counselors, two college advisors, one full-time psychologist, one
part-time speech therapist, one full-time health clerk, and one Intervention Lead. Alameda Family Service offers students individual
and/or group counseling, as well as health services, at their on-campus health center or virtually. The College & Career Center
provides opportunities for students to secure jobs, and get college & career information, work permits, scholarship information and
assistance. We also offer many forms of tutoring in a variety of settings, including after-school. When school is open, our before and
after school program keeps our Student Center open daily from 7:30am until 5:30pm, and offers credit recovery through Cyber High.
All student-athletes are required to participate in team Study Halls.

College Acceptances
Encinal graduates have been accepted to a broad range of colleges and universities. Each year, approximately 90% of our students
pursue higher education at either four-year colleges, community college or technical education programs.

Below is a partial list of where our graduates have been accepted over the last five to seven years:
Air Force Academy, Alabama State University, American University
Arizona State University, Bard College, Barnard University
Boston College, Brigham Young University, Brown University
Cal Poly, Pomona Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California Maritime Academy
CSU, Bakersfield CSU, Chico CSU, Dominican Hills
CSU, East Bay CSU, Fresno CSU, Fullerton CSU
Humboldt CSU, Long Beach CSU, Los Angeles CSU
Monterey Bay CSU, Northridge CSU, Sacramento
CSU, San Diego CSU, San Francisco CSU, San Jose CSU
 Sonoma State University,  Chapman University, Claremont McKenna University
Colgate University, Columbia University, Cornell University
Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emerson College
Fordham University, George Washington University, Georgetown University
Harvard University, Harvey Mudd College, Haverford College
Hawaii Pacific University, Howard University, John Hopkins University
Mills College, Morehouse University, Northeastern University
Northwestern University, New York University, Oberlin College
Occidental College, Oregon State University, Princeton University
Pitzer College, Reed College, St. Mary’s College
Santa Clara University, Smith College, Stanford University
Spellman University, Syracuse University, Texas Christian University
Trinity College, Tufts University, Tulane University
UC, Berkeley, UC, Davis, UC, Irvine
UC, Los Angeles UC, Merced UC, Riverside
UC, Santa Cruz, UC, Santa Barbara, UC, San Diego
University of Arizona, University of Colorado, University, of Hawaii
University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Michigan
University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern CA
University of Washington, West Point, Vassar College
Willamette University, Williams College, Yale University